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THE

GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE.

FEBRUARY, 1827.

ORIGINAL COMMUNICATIONS.

INTERESTING NARRATIVB CONNECTED WITH THE DUKE OF York. Mr. URBAN,

commanded the cavalry that convoyed THE accompanying paper, which us on our way to France. When an is so interesting, and redounds so much subject to the French commandant, to the credit of His Royal Highness the who corroborated the story related by late Commander in Chief, and other the Spanish lady, who it turned out persons concerned in it, that I venture was his chère amie. I then mentionto think the insertion of it may gratify ed the circumstance to the British offimany readers of your valuable Maga- cer, who, as well as myself, conjointly zine.

C. endeavoured to prevail on the French

officer to give up the child to his natuPassing over the Guadarama moun- ral protectors, but all our arguments tains, seven leagues north of Madrid, and entreaties were in vain, for he was on the 13th October, 1809, accom- so much attached to the boy, that he panied by some British officers of the would not part with him on any acGuards, about 80 British soldiers, and count. several Spaniards, the whole convoyed At this period, independent of his by a strong escort of French troops, history, the manners of the child were cavalry and infantry, I perceived in extremely interesting, and he could the centre of the escort a very interest- speak four languages with no small deing looking child, apparently seven years gree of Auency. French, he acquired old, sitting with a Spanish female in a from the French officer ; German, kind of cart; the appearance of the from the officer's servant, who hap boy indicated that he was not a native pened to be of the Saxon contingent ; of a southern climate: this, together Spanish, from the female, who could with a naïveté and playfulness in his not speak a word of French; and he manner, induced me to address him. still retained a knowledge of his naI accordingly spoke to him in Spanish, tive tongue. We journeyed together to which he made a suitable reply; three weeks longer towards the French and to my no small surprise, imme- frontier, and on our arrival at Tolosa, diately after he addressed me in Eng- 30 miles south of Bayonne, the French Jish. Having enquired of the female commandant received orders to con(who appeared to have the boy under duct the Spanish prisoners of war to her care) where he had learned io speak the fortress of Pampeluna, while the the English language, she replied that British wounded, who fell into the the boy was born in Scotland, that his hands of the enemy in the hospital father, who had been a serjeant in the after the battle of Talavera, were or42d regiment, had served ihe year be- dered to prosecute their march to France; fore in the British army under Sir but (as I was subsequently informed) John Moore, and was killed at the the road to Pampeluna being intercepted battle in front of Corunna ; previous by the Spanish Guerillas, it was necesto which, on the retreat of the British sary that the French officer should retroops from Lugo, the mother, together store the communication at the head of with the boy, were left behind, sick, a large force. In the mean time he in the hospital at Lugo; that she fell á left his establishment at Tolosa, until victim to disease, and her child was it would be prudent to order it to refound in the hospital, in an abandoned, join him; but the Spanish lady (on wreiched condition, by the French account of living with a French officer,) officer of cavalry, who at that moment dreaded the resentment of her country

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Interesting Narrative connected with the Duke of York. ČFeb. men so much, that in a few days after yards before me; I soon overtook this the departure of the French officer, she man, who happened to serve in the fied, and deserted the child in her 42d regiment, and having inquired of charge.

him if he had been acquainted with About a month after this period, Serjeant M‘Cullum, of his regiment, Captain, now Major H-, of the wlio was killed the year before at Cor23d Dragoons, whose wounds did not runna, he answered, Sir, I did not permit him to accompany us from know any man of that name who was Madrid, in passing through Tolosa on killed, but will you be so good as 10 his way to Verdun, accidentally heard tell me why you have asked me that that there was an English boy in an question." "Because, said !, pointing abandoned, forlorn condition in the out to him the boy, that is his child, town. He immediately took the child whom I first found in Spain.-" Oh! under his protection, and having heard Sir," said he (rushing over to the boy), at Orleans that I had received a pass- “ he is my child ; Jaines, dont you port to return to England, and being know me?" The scene that took anxious that I should convey some lei, place can be more easily imagined ters to his family, ventured to proceed than described-alternation of joy and to Paris ; here I recognised my little yrief, exultation and despondency, detfavelling companion, who recollected picted in the countenance, and evinced me iminediately. lo a few days I pre- in the manner of this soldier, on the vailed on Captain H- to allow me sudden discovery of his long lost child, to take the boy to England; and hav- and on his being simultaneously made ing presented my little protege at the acquainted with the death of his wife. Bureau de Guerre, his manners and I must confess it affected me so much, history soon obtained permission for that (as well to repress my feelings, as him to return home.

to avoid the crowd that collected around Previous to leaving the French me- us in the street), I was obliged to tropolis, Captain H gave me a retire into the next shop that presented letter, addressed to His Royal High- itself. In a short time we proceeded ness the Duke of York, the founder of together to Richinond House; where, the Military Asyluin, and another letter after having presented my protegé to to the Marquis of Huntley, Colonel of Lord Huntley, 1 related to his Lord

in : had served. On my arrival in London, and the extraordinary eircumstance alI lost no tiene in delivering these letters, tending it. On the soldier beiug and soon after was (together with the brought forward, he delivered a letter child) honoured by an interview with 10 Lord Huntley from Colonel Sterling, His Royal Highness, who was very then commanding the 1st batt. 420 much pleased with the boy, look him reg. at Canterbury, which stated, that in his arms, and spoke to him in French he was happy to inform his Lordship, and German, to which the little fellow that the man alluded to in his Lordmade suitable answers. His Royal ship's letter, relative to an orphan boy Highness was pleased to make every of the regiment, was severely wounded necessary arrangement for the boy's at Corunna (but not killed), and was admission into the Royal Military the bearer of his letter, and he had Asylum, Chelsea, with as little delay sent the man to town without making as possible. Lord Huntley, on receipt him acquainted with the object of his of Capt. H.'s letter, immediately wrote journey. 10 the Colonel of the Ist. batt. 420 reg. It then appeared that this soldier then quartered at Canterbury, to make was in the act of proceeding to Richinquiry, if the child had any friends mond House with this letter to Lord living in Scotland. In a few days Huntley, when I accidentally fell in after (it being necessary to procure the with himn. In a few days after, the Marquis of Huntley's signature to some boy was admitted into the Royal Milipapers, previous to the boy's admission tary Asylum, where he now is. into the Asylum) I, together with my parted from each other with mutual little protege, was proceeding to Rich- regret; he wept so bitterly that his inond House for that purpose, when, tears were nearly contagious. on our arrival in Charing Cross, I per- In justice to Lord Huntley, I must ceived a soldier, in the Highland uni- add, that his Lordship in a very handform, walking leisurely about 100 some manner offered io remunerate me

We

1827.] Tributes to the Memory of the Duke of York.

lol for the expences I had incurred in half-nile in the course of eight hours, clothing and bringing the boy to Eng- the usual time, 38,944 persons would, Jand, &c. which I begged' leave to decline, stating, that whatever little mourning, in proper attire. The police

each day, pass through ibe house of merit might be ascribed to me for tak- would direct all joining the procession ing care of the boy, would in my to take post in the rear of the moving opinion be done away with, by accept. column. To exclude the possibility of ing any pecuniary recompense; I there any hazardous crowding, tickets markfore hoped his Lordship would excuse ed for the day, and with certain inimy receiving any. Lord Hantley, was tials, might, in four, or more places, then pleased to say, it was evident, be given oui, on the previous day, to from the appearance of the boy, that applicants. It is 100 manifest, that I had taken every possible care of him, without such a plan as this, or some and added, that he would be happy at better-imagined, few can have an opany time to do any thing in his power portunity of giving a final proof of atto forward my promotion.

iachment and respect. March, 1810.

It would prevent serious accidents

and robberies at several public places, Mr. URBAN, Richmond, Feb. 5.

were entrance regulated by the admisa THE character and amiable qua- sion of successive files formed in the OF YORK, have justly impressed the Yours, &c. JOHN MACDONALD. public mind with feelings of unseigned admiration, and lasting regret : and

THE TWENTIETH OF JANUARY. many as there might have been, who witnessed the last melancholy and im- THOUGH deep regrets, and future fears, pressive scene of human grandeur, infi- Might dim these eyes with selfish tears, nitely more were forced by circum. Yet will I quit myself; and sing stances unprovided for, lo rewrn home The Warrior offspring of a King. unwillingly, without the power of dis

He was a Man-his British heart charging a last and solemn duty to de. Disdain?d the aid of foreign art parted worth.

Bright image of his noble Sire A methodised procedure would cer.

In mien, and valour's temperate fire ;

The lainly hare obviated accidents and 'The soldier's comfort, and his guide,

man's friend, the rich man's pride, danger la which helpless females were more especially exposed in one of the

By Britain's sons bis funeral day most dense and oppressing crowds that Shali ne'er uuheeded pass away.

The Lord of Belvoir's castled steep erer assembled. Distant may such solemnities be! but let the past furnish Though still unblam'd he might repine

Shall yearly with the Veteran weep; a lesson for the future.

For her, of Howard's noble line; On account of the great increase of Yet if a tear remain unshed population, five days would be requi. For th' honour'd partuer of his bed, site for a due observance of such an He'll pour it on this day, and prove affecting ceremony. On the first, As true to friendship, as to love. Noblemen and Gentlemen's carriages But chiefly, Sire, shalt thou bemoan, only, would attend. The second and Dear to thy heart, as near thy throne, fourth days would be assigned for the Him studious of his country's weal, admission of females and grown chil. In honour tried, and loyal zeal, dren, (or for ladies and gentlemen); Firm to resist the Papal rod, while the other sex would be ad- Peace to his soul! so bless him, God! mitted on the third and fifth days. Perfect regularity and order might

LINES eusily be maintained. Let an avenue ON THE FUNERAL OF His Royal HighnESS extending from any given point, half a THE DUKE OF YORK AND ALBANY." mile, be formed by a military force. .ALAS! what means that sad procession, A moving column of four

Moving at a pace so slow, each of its bles, would occupy this Drooping troops in long succession, avenue; and each file occupying twenty- Warriors quite unmanned with woe. sis inches, 1217 files would constituie I see a People clad in mourning; the moving column, containing 4868 I see their King o'erwhelmed with grief ; persons. Supposing the column to I'see a Princess deeply sorrowing, iake even an hour to move over the Bụt her tears bring no relief.

persons in

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Tributes to the Memory of the Duke of York. [Feb. Behold the labourer's hand is staid,

The ruthless tyrant of all human kind, With downcast looks the Nobles stand, Comes like a thief by night, with silent The holy Priesthood is dismayed,

tread, And sadness darkens all the land.

And plants his dagger in the princely heart !

O what a lesson this for earthly pride' He's

gone who was the Army's Chief, He's gone who was the Monarch's stay,

The pomp and splendour of the funeral train,

The faithful tribute of a nation's tears,
Who to the friendless brought relief,
England's hope is swept away.

The holy anthems of the sacred choir,

Are all in vain, to hush the voice of Truth: Long and tryiug was his sickness,

The hand of Death descends alike on all,Pain now relieved, yet still renewed, The mausoleum of the Royal corse, But strong in Faith, and Christian meekness, Clothed in rich velvet of imperial bue,

His constant mind was unsubdued. Contains no more than does the lowly grave Gently soothing others' sorrow,

Where Poverty hath found a place of rest ; A Sister's tear, a Brother's sigh,

O what a lesson this for earthly pride!
He cherished hopes still for the morrow,
Though prepar'd ere then to die.

Mr. URBAN, Cork, Jan. 19. Unstained with pride though next the Throne, AVING for some time been enA master kind, a steadfast Friend,

gaged in the study of AngloIndulgent Husband, duteous Son,

Saxon Heptarchic Coins, it appears to A subject, faithful to the end.

me that many mistakes have been comReligious,-to the Church most true,

mitted by the writers on that subject.' But proof against th’ Enthusiast's cant,

The study indeed seems to be almost Expecting what to rank is due, But turning from the Sycophant.

in its infancy, a circumstance little to

be wondered at, when we consider the With modesty be shunned applause,

rude state of the coinage of that period, Unostentatious 'midst the throng, the few coins we have extant of most But loved his Country, and her Laws, And blessings followed as he moved along. of their princes, and the number of

princes of the same name occurring, Oh! ne'er can England seo again,

which renders it difficult to know to A Prince more loyal and more brave, whom to attribute them. Should the A man more true to other men,

following remarks on the coins of the Than he now laid within the grave.

kingdom of Kent be considered worthy But cease to weep, and cease to monrn, of insertion, I shall feel happy in comHis heavenly spirit mounts on high,

municating such observations on the A Father greets a Son's return,

coins of the other kingdoms as have And Angels guide him through the sky. occurred to me. Well pleased all ready from above, He hears the praise that lifts his name,

ETHELBERT, King of Kent. A name that bears a Nation's love,

The only part of the King's name A name entwined with Britain's fame.

which appears on this coin is EDILI, Jan. 20.

ANON.

which forms the first part of the names

of several Heptarchic princes, as EdilREFLECTIONS

walch, A. D. 595, King of the South ON THE DEATH OF His Royal HIGHNESS xons; Ethehere, 654; and EthelTHE DUKE OF York.

wald, 655; Kings of East Anglia ;

Ethelred ,675, King of Mercia; EihelBy W. HERSEE.

ward, 726, of the West Saxons, and “ HOW are the mighty fallen!"- The several others; not to mention those

manly brow, [princely smile,- beginning with ATHEL, as Athelric, Form'd for the glittering diadem, -- the 586, and Athelfrid, 593, Kings of The voice that spoke the language of the Northumberland, and whose names

heart, Where are they now? Sleeping in the dust!

may probably have commenced with

an E. I see, therefore, no good reaThe British Chieftain and the soldier's friend,

son for assigning this coin to Kent; To whom the widow and the orphan child,

indeed were I to assign it to any one Amid their deepest sorrows, oft appeald,

kingdom in preference to others, it And ne'er appeal'd in vain;—that gen'rous should be the South Saxons, if the Chief

[tomb.

rude reverse is to be considered as a Hath join'd his fathers in the darksome bird, the inartlets, according to Speed, Ah! how precarious are the things of earth! beivg the ensign or arms of that kingThe great destroyer of the brightest hopes, dom; but this conjecture I must allow

one

1897.] On the Saron Coins of the Kingdom of Kent.

103 is little more probable than that which which is generally supposed to be the has assigned ihem to Kent, for which name of a moneyer, but which I have I can discover no reason whatever, little doubt was intended for Eadberht, except that other sceatas were found King of Northumberland. We shall bearing the name of Egbert, and which then have the King's name on have been attributed to Kent; but if I side, and the Archbishop's on the shall be able to show that the sceatas other, as we find occurring on many of Egbert do not belong to Kent, I other coins of that period. We must think it must be admitted that 'neither also suppose the coins bearing on one is there any good grounds for assigning side an animal supposed to be a drathose bearing the name Edili lo that gon, and on the other side the same kingdom.

naine, EOTBEREDTÝr, to belong to EGBERT, King of Kent.

the same prince; and if these coins

belong to Northumberland, it is proI have often doubled whether there bable this animal is a lion, to which was any good reason for supposing the it appears to bear some resemblance ; sceatas bearing the name of Egbert but it it should be contended for that to belong to Kent. I was at first in- it is really a dragon, I shall only obclined to attribute them to Egbert of serve, that we have no proof that a Wessex, from the dragon on the re- dragon was used as an ensign or badge verse, which Speed gives as the arms by the Kings of Kent, to whom these of that kingdom. With this conjec- coins have been hitherto attributed.ture I was by no means fully satisfied, It may be objected that some of those but only considered it as more pro- coins with the supposed dragon bear bable than that which assigned thein to on the other side a different name from Keot. I have since, however, disco- that of Eadbert. This, so far from bevered a chain of evidence which goes ing an objection, however, will, I to overturn both suppositions, and think, tend to establish in a still clearer which I think establishes almost be.

manner that these coins belong to yond doubt that they belong to North- Northumberland. One of the other umberland.

names which occur on them is AEIn Ruding's plates we find a sceata, CHRED; and if we refer to historical (Appendix, Pl. 26, No. 7,) which

accounts, we shall find that amongst bears on one side a head, with a cross the Kings of Northumerland, is to be under it, and the legend AELVNOD- found the name of Alcred, A. D. 765, TIA; and on referring to Speed, only seven years after the death of page 3!8, I find that there was a son Eadberht. The name is differently of Ailred or Alcred, King of North- spelt in different histories, some callumberland, who was called Alhnud, ing it Alured, some Ailred; but in and was slain by the Danes, and ca. Rapin, vol. I. p. 154, he is called Alnonized as a saint; and it is highly cred. The name ECVAIR, accordprobable this coin may belong to him. ing to Ruding, is also amongst the The reverse has a man with two moneyers; I have not seen this coin, crosses in his hands, a figure similar to or any engraving of it, but perhaps it which may be found on several sceatas, may belong to Egfrid,

and the letters and particularly those bearing the name thus formed, ECVRID; the R being of Egbert. This circumstance natu- often made like an A, and the D like rally awakens a suspicion, that those an R. It may also be observed that coins may belong to the kingdom of the figure to which the name of EgNorthumberland. On referring to the bert is added, appears more like an history of that kingdom, we find in- ecclesiastic than a King, as it bears a deed no King named Egbert, except a cross in each hand, and has a headpeuty prince who reigned only a year, dress somewhat similar to those on in the time of Alfred, to whoni it is some of the ecclesiastical coins. I not probable they belong; but we find think, therefore, the coins bearing the an Archbishop of York, who was names of Alhnod, Egbert, Edbert, and called St. Eybert, and was brother to Alcred, form together such a chain of Eadberht, King of Northumberland, evidence, as will well warrant us in A. D. 738.

attributing all these coins, as well as If we look to the other side of these the sceatas (plate 26, nos. 6 and 9), 10 coins we find the naine variously spelt, the kingdom of Northumberland. EOTBEREDTYr . EADBEREĎTvr; Yours, &c.

John LINDSAY.

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